Sunday, August 25, 2013

Style Challenge: Back to School

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Jenna of Smitten

I actually am going back to school Sept 3rd, I am super excited, and very nervous as it's a new program I'll be starting at a new institution. The start of a new school year always signals the start of a new season to me, and fall is one of my favourite times to dress for. I decided to pull this colour palette straight from nature with mix of yellow and green that are in the trees right now. This maxi skirt is incredibly comfortable, and it has pockets! Perfect for a day of running around campus if you ask me ;) Anyone who knows me also knows I can't resist a French Bulldog print!

Dus of Cuddly Cacti

This isn't what I'll be wearing to my first day back to school; I attend grad school straight from work on evenings, so I'm usually in more office-y attire. But, it meets all my requirements for a good back to school outfit: comfy and plenty cool for walking around in the heat, comfy shoes of course, and a bit of a "me" touch with a Mexican woven belt from my shop. In fact, it was so cozy that I wore it last weekend and this one again to a Saturday class.

 Katie of Butterfly Loves Snapdragons

Let's just say after working as a teacher and afterschool program coordinator I pretty much have back to school style down to a science. We're still having warm weather now, but pretty soon the air will be crisp and that's when layers become the key for all of us who love fall. My favorite pieces to wear are blazers, scarves, and wedges with socks. That way if it warms up during the day I can shed a layer or two if need be. A versatile, layerable dress, and skinny jeans are fall staples as well. Have fun back to school shopping!

Erica of Sweets and Hearts
Okay, so I already graduated from college a few years ago, but I thought it'd be fun to share a recent outfit that's inspired by school uniforms! It's more of an updated casual version, but it still has that All-American preppy feel to it. I just got this cute cobalt blazer from Ked's new juniors line for Macy's a couple of weeks ago and paired it with a screenprinted tank top, pleated shorts, and boat shoes (details are in my latest blog post).

Though I graduated a few years ago as well, I still thought it would be fun to join in on the back to school style challenge!  My mom was just telling me how her school uniforms growing up were  always blouses with peter pan collars, so I paired one of those with a favorite skirt and two toned oxfords that just scream back to school for me. For those of you who really are starting the school year right now, have a wonderful beginning! Though I sometimes dreaded going back to school since it meant the end of summer, I did always enjoy the feeling of a fresh start!


  1. Love all these looks my dears!! I'll definitely be recreating them with my wardrobe for back to school next week ;)

  2. fun to see everyone's diff takes on back to school outfits! i like how we all have super diff looks but went w/ comfy shoes : )
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda

  3. It's at this time of year that I wish I was going back to school! Someday soon, perhaps.
    I love all these looks, especially Jenna's maxi skirt style - so perfect for this time of year!
    Beautiful job, ladies :)

  4. LOL. I'm STILL in "school" (grad school) so am loving all these looks!


  5. Loving this challenge! With my crazy weekend I didn't have time to join in the fun but I'm loving all of your cute looks! Katie not surprisingly has perfect back to school style and I love Erica and Hannah's takes on the classic school girl look. I'm also jealous of Jenna's maxi with pockets (!) and loving Dus' colorful belt!


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